D’Souza Resigns From King’s College

D’Souza Resigns From King’s College October 19, 2012

This was very predictable. Dinesh D’Souza has resigned as president of King’s College, a job he clearly didn’t want in the first place, in the wake of the scandal over his relationship with a woman not his wife. And this is a very interesting statement from the chairman of the board, Andy Mills:

“God has a mighty future for Dinesh, but there are some things he has to go through first,” Mills said after breaking the news to King’s students Thursday afternoon. “I have to admit, I got a bit over-enamored with him.” Mills assured students that most of the college’s funding and scholarships come from board members, not from D’Souza’s connections.

I would read between the lines and translate that this way: I brought him in because he’s a religious right superstar who would attract donations, but he’s not really interested in running the college and he spends all his time working on his own projects. That is, after all, what he’s been doing. He’s spent the last year or two working on his anti-Obama book and documentary and going on every media outlet that would have him to promote it (he even went on the Opie and Anthony show). There’s no way he could actually be doing his job during all of that.

It was not immediately clear whether the board’s decision was driven by the allegations of the affair, or by dissatisfaction with D’Souza’s leadership that had been building at the college for months. At the meeting Thursday, Mills did not give details of the board’s conversation about D’Souza or give reasons for his departure. Representatives for the college did not respond to requests for comment.

According to several sources at the college, members of the King’s faculty and board alike had grown hostile to D’Souza’s presidency over what they saw as a failure to earn his reported million-dollar salary. D’Souza has spent much of the past few months promoting his documentary, 2016: Obama’s America, and his high profile in the media was seen as rarely benefitting the college. It may even have been seen as a detriment: According to a former staffer familiar with the college’s public relations, King’s employees have been explicitly tasked with disentangling D’Souza’s extracurricular activities from the college’s reputation. D’Souza became a non-presence on the college’s official Facebook page throughout 2012, which staffers say was no coincidence.

So they got exactly what they should have known they were getting when they hired him — a big name with a ton of baggage and no interest in actually doing the job he was so well paid to do.

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